October 10, 2011
Vol. 18, No. 4
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No Place Like Homecoming

Chris '08 and Erica '11 Morgan of Wixom, Michigan were at the Downtowner for alumni registration. They were hitting the parade and cardboard boat races, in addition to some mountain biking and football and hockey games.

Homecoming had the campus and community hopping with enough events to satisfy everyone.

Some new items were added: pasty throwing looked like fun (mini-pasties, of course), Live Band Karaoke (it's always interesting to see what students sing today), and Ft. Wilkins interpreters on campus (real old school).

Friday featured alumni registration at the Downtowner (pictured) before the parade made it's way through downtown to Houghton beach for a pep rally and the cardboard boat races. The Alumni Association had chili at the beach. That night, the hockey Huskies came from 3-0 deficit to beat American International.

Saturday's football game was heartbreak city. The Huskies came back several times, finally tying Saginaw Valley late in the game to send it into overtime. There, the Cardinals hit a chipshot field goal to win 44-41. A great crowd was on hand in balmy, breezy conditions.

The latest class of Hall of Famers were feted later Saturday before the hockey game.

The hockey Huskies looked good, defeating American International again, 3-1. Another nice crowd, too, and the Alumni Association had a skybox with food and refreshments.

By the time the Alumni Cup broomball game ended late Saturday night, we were exhausted by an action-packed weekend!

See you next year.

Dennis '92, '09


The Colorologist

"Told you."

Okay, you were right.

"I did a Harbor run, and the colors were great there, too."

Sherman Field was almost past perfect.

"Nice crowd, too. And how about the 80s during the weekend?"

The temperature or the alumni?

"Both. And you can hear that football cannon out past the Pilgrim River."

Did you do the cardboard boats?

"I'm not a skipper or a dipper."


"Sweet victory!"

Still time to see color?

"They better hurry."

At Tech

School of Business and Economics Dedicates LSGI Trading Room

Joe Dancy
"A great program finally has an appropriate and wonderful home," said Darrell Radson, dean of the School of Business and Economics. He was talking about the new LSGI Trading Room, which was dedicated Oct. 7. It will house the Applied Portfolio Management Program (APMP), and was made possible by the generosity of Joe '76 and Vickey Dancy. Joe is president of LSGI Advisors Inc., a venture fund organization. More

Michigan Tech Receives $160,000 Check from General Motors

Terry Woychowsk
Terry Woychowski, a member of Michigan Tech’s Board of Control, presented a $160,000 check to the University Oct. 6 on behalf of General Motors. The gift, which was received during the Board of Control’s regular meeting, will fund a variety of student activities. Among them are the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, several Senior Design teams and student groups, and diversity programs. More

Pennington Named President of American Geosciences Institute

Wayne Pennington
Wayne Pennington, chair of the geological and mining engineering and sciences department, has been named president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). He will be inducted at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis from Oct. 9-12. More

Michigan Tech Rolls Out Emergency Medical Response Team

Lake Michigan
A group of more than thirty Michigan Tech students and several faculty and staff members are now prepared to provide emergency medical services to the campus community. The Department of Public Safety and Police Services is rolling out a new program—dubbed Michigan Tech Emergency Medical Services (MTEMS)—designed to provide care anywhere on Tech property in the crucial minutes before an ambulance can arrive on-scene. More

Alumni Around the World

Alumni Dominate Students

A student attempts a wide shot on goalie Andy Kaiser of alumni team D-Gel Dynasty.

The Alumni Cup is back where it belongs: with the alumni!

Team D-Gel Dynasty, who won the inaugural Alumni Cup two years ago, dominated the student team, Redonkulous, in overtime, with two goals to none in the shootout.

broomballThe students were so desperate to repeat, they loaded their team with two alums! Not enough!

To be fair, Redonkulous goalie Juice Lacombe was outstanding. But, his team couldn't generate any offense on the MacInnes Student Ice Arena surface (after the hockey Huskies' weekend sweep).

The event has grown larger every year, with sixteen student teams and five alumni teams playing down to these final two, and a small but raucous crowd helped fuel the fire.

The shootout winners were scored by David Wingard '08 and Don Misson '06, both from the Twin Cities area.

Secret alumni practices are already planned around the nation to ensure a repeat next year.

The thrill of victory.



The Alumni Association skybox was packed for Saturday night's hockey game. Alumni enjoyed pizza and beverages while watching the Huskies win 3-1 over American International.

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Homecoming court 1968, we think. Recognize anyone? Email me.

2005 Tug of War

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Tech Sports


Michigan Tech opened the Mel Pearson era with the program's first series sweep since 2008 by defeating American International 3-1 tonight in front of 2,990 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Coupled with their 4-3 win over AIC last night, the Huskies (2-0-0) have their first sweep since Dec. 19-20, 2008, in a home-and-home vs. Northern Michigan. More

Homecoming Heartbreaker

Michigan Tech and Saginaw Valley State combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense, and it took overtime before the visiting Cardinals came away with a 44-41 victory at Sherman Field today. The game, which featured 15 plays of 25 yards or longer, kept the 2,027 Homecoming fans on the edge of their seats. More

Ohio Dominican Drops Tech Volleyball

Rachel Billing recorded a double-double (21 kills, 15 digs) for Ohio Dominican to lead the Panthers to a 3-1 victory over the Michigan Tech volleyball team Saturday (Oct. 8). Alex Schwalbe recorded a team-high 12 kills for the Huskies. A quartet of Tech players finished with 10 or more digs. Abby DeWitt tallied a team-high 14 digs, and Tessa Mauer added 11. Shelby Jones and Kenzie Tonn each chipped in 10. More

Sports Wrap-Up

What’s Happening This Week | Complete Schedule

Monday, Oct. 10, 2011

Mel Pearson Show, 8:45-9 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM
Volleyball at Northern Michigan, 7 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
Fall Sports Luncheon, 12 noon (Opie Hockey Suites)

Friday, Oct. 14, 2011
Blue Line Club Luncheon, 12 noon (Location TBA)
Volleyball vs. Drury, 2:30 p.m. (at Aurora, Ill.)
Women’s Soccer hosts Ferris State, 4 p.m.
Hockey hosts Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011
Women’s Tennis at Lake Superior State, 10 a.m.
Volleyball vs. Maryville, 10 a.m. (at Aurora, Ill.)
Football hosts Hillsdale, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)
Volleyball vs. Illinois-Springfield, 4 p.m. (at Aurora, Ill.)
Hockey hosts Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011
Women’s Soccer hosts Grand Valley State, 12 p.m.

All times Eastern • Home events in bold.

Last Week’s Results

Hockey (2-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA)
10/7 — at Michigan Tech 4, American International 3
10/8 — at Michigan Tech 3, American International 1

Football (4-2, 3-2 GLIAC)
10/8 — Saginaw Valley State 44, at No. 21 Michigan Tech 41, OT

Women’s Soccer (4-7-1, 2-7-1 GLIAC)
10/7 — at Tiffin 2, Michigan Tech 1
10/9 — at Findlay 3, Michigan Tech 1

Volleyball (2-13, 0-10 GLIAC)
10/7 — Tiffin 3, at Michigan Tech 2
10/8 — Ohio Dominican 3, at Michigan Tech 1

Women’s Tennis (3-8, 3-8 GLIAC)
10/7 — Saginaw Valley State 5, at Michigan Tech 4
10/8 — Northwood 9, at Michigan Tech 0

Cross Country
10/7 — Michigan Tech Men 1st of 3 teams, Women 1st of 3 teams at U.P. Invitational (Marquette, Mich.)

More News of the Week

Runners Win U.P. Championships
Both the Michigan Tech men’s and women’s teams won their respective team titles at the U.P. Championships in Marquette last Friday. Marissa Yovetich earned the first win of her career, covering the six-kilometer course in 23:15. The Huskies will enjoy a weekend off before competing in the GLIAC Championships on Oct. 22 in Ashland, Ohio.

Volleyball Has Four-Match Week Ahead
The Michigan Tech volleyball team will play at Northern Michigan Tuesday (Oct. 11) before taking part in the GLIAC-GLVC Crossover Tournament in Aurora, Ill., Friday and Saturday (Oct. 14-15). The tournament is the largest college volleyball tournament in the nation. Tech will play a trio of matches against Drury (Friday), Maryville (Saturday) and Illinois-Springfield (Saturday).

Around the Keweenaw

Mixed bag for Student Head Count

In most cases,there were no volatile swings in this year's fall head counts for Copper Country schools. Of the 14 districts for which figures were available Friday, six saw increases, half decreased and one was unchanged. More

Event Showcases new ATVs

Nearly twenty editors from publications all over the country gathered around more than thirty all-terrain vehicles Wednesday morning anxiously awaiting an adventurous ride on some of the Keweenaw trails. More

A Safe Walk to School

It's not unusual to see small groups of children walking to school on a particular day, but to see dozens or even hundreds walking is an unusual sight. Wednesday was International Walk to School Day, and three schools from the Copper Country Intermediate School District took part. More

From the Email Bag

Football Images

I don't remember any old buildings around Hubbell Field either, at least circa fall 1970-fall 1973 while I was there. However, there is a clue in the middle picture where the Huskies are out walking the huskies, so to speak. The Plymouth in the foreground has what appears to be a 1968 Michigan licence plate. Although I can't actually see the year on the plate itself, I can read the "Great Lake State" logo, which was first used in 1968. Earlier plates used "Water Winter Wonderland", and later plates were different colors ('69 were red, '70 were yellow, etc.). Presuming those three photos were taken the same year, it's possible those buildings were still there in '68 but someone else would have to confirm that.

Thanks for putting out an always interesting read.

Tom Boyd, 1974


football 1971Dennis
The house was at the east end of Hubbell Field. The building with the open windows is the old steam laundry in downtown Houghton.

Myron H Berry


I can help with the names of the players in the two pictures as I played left guard on that football team. Nineteen seventy-one was probably the correct year. The players in the top picture are left to right #47 Eddie Raether, #43 David VanderHeyden, #20 Larry ( the horse) Ras, #22 Mike Scally, # 73 Duane (Duke) Williams, I believe that I’m (#65 George Wolard) the player laying on the ground between Duke and # 51 Bruce Trusock, and # 84 Dave Perry. The bottom picture from left to right #73 Duane Williams, the second player, which you can only see the helmet I believe would be me again, the next player, with only his back showing I can’t tell who it is, next is #51 Bruce Trusock, the player who’s helmet is showing above football 1971Bruce’s shoulder I can’t identify, but judging by his position it is probably #60 Gary Middleton, next leading the blocking is #43 David VanderHeyden, the other blocker # 84 Dave Perry, the player laying on the ground could be #68 Don Moul, I’m not sure, and far right carrying out his fake is #22 Mike Scally. Sherman Field used to run north to south, the houses in the back ground were on the south end of the field. The team we played that day was Bemidji State Minnesota.

Brings back memories! Our record that year was 8 wins and 1 loss.

George Wolard ‘74

And they are all still clickable.

Transitions, Indeed!

The latest Alumni Newsletter was fascinating! (even more fascinating than usual).

The video tour of campus and campus life in 1964 plus the computer discussion really put things in perspective. It is clear that my time on campus was a pivotal one for MTU and for science in general. When I arrived in the fall of 1968, McNair Hall (Coed Hall) was new, and the east wing was not quite finished. The suites wing of East Wads was done, as was the Chem/Met building. Koenig Hall was a pile of rubble, Sperr Hall was still standing, and the Forestry Building was new. The library (under construction in the video) was completed.

During my time on campus, the administration building, SDC, and MEEM were built. More importantly, the HP pocket calculator hit the market in late 1970. We all started as freshmen with slide rules (including a few with circular ones) and many left MTU with a scientific calculator. The IBM 360 ruled campus, but was soon to be replaced by a far more powerful machine (Control Data?) that actually had terminals rather than punch card input.


Kerry Irons

Kerry: It's so great, I put it here again, in case anyone missed it. Thanks to Bob Cunningham '78 EE



I was there in '64 and this so this sure brought back a lot of memories, and yes there were many co-eds then.

Joanne "66

Golf in the Mojave Desert

I just changed companies this summer. After 30 years of working primarily in the midwest in Specialy Chemicals I decided it was time for a change. I took a position with a small minerals company located on the edge of the mojave desert. Imagine my surprise when I found among the small team of engineers in the company another Michigan Tech Grad. It truly is a small world.

Attached is a picture of Richard Thayer ('91) and me (left) at the company charity golf outing. The background shows a bit of the desert. This is the only golf course within 60 miles of the plant. Sorry, I was not able to coax any rattlesnakes or coyotes into the picture. Unfortunately, Richard and I did not win the tournament (or even come close!).

Fred Sansom ('80)
Utilities Plant Manager
Searles Valley Minerals

We Love Old Computers

1960 Keweenawan
The photo in the newsletter is Dr Byers with the Bendix G15 computer. It was a vacuum tube digital (not analog) computer. The white box on the top was a paper tape reader! The machine was located in the Ores research building next to DHH (Don't know what its called now).

Dick Hill ('62 Applied Physics) and I used to run electron density maps on this thing. Took all night; output was to an IBM typewriter. After I graduated (65) I discovered that the same map took about 10 seconds on a Control Data 6600!

I took Dr Byer's computer class. He used to draw maps of the drum memory on the blackboard. Programming was in 'hexadecimal' (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 a b c d e f). Dr Byers also hummed Operatic arias. We didn't have a Fortran compiler but he let me write Fortran programs and he would critique them on paper!

Drum memories were common at that time and people wrote PHD papers on access optimization for drums.

Gary Rhoney

Great Lighthouse Images and Video

These are incredible pictures! Be sure you watch the video on the last picture - comments below pictures are interesting also.


Frank Shoffner

1975 NCAA Champs!

Hi Dennis.
Here is this week's find on youtube, the 1975 NCAA hockey championship game in its entirety. We all know the outcome.:-)


Bob Cunningham '78

Thanks, again, Bob.

Alum in Kenya

Hello Dennis,
Alex and I just wanted to give you a brief update on the Kenya venture that we have been evolving over the last few months. I recently sent out this email to people interested in our progress:

Greetings from Tembokanga Tours and Education Ventures!

We are making progress on our website, which will be up and running in December, 2011. Tembokanga Tours and Education Ventures will then be ready to host guests in Kenya beginning in January, 2012. In the meantime, if you have a Facebook account, please "like" us using the following link:


Alex and I will be adding a biweekly blog entry on our Facebook page beginning in November after my return to Kenya Oct. 28th, 2011 to keep everyone current with happenings on the ground in Kenya.

Alex and I will also be forming a nonprofit organization, "AmeriKen Connections," to support development and humanitarian projects in Kenya. 5% of profits from Tembokanga Tours and Education Ventures will be used to support the charitable works of AmeriKen Connections. We will also be putting forth other ways to support this nonprofit endeavor in the coming months, including a "Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb for Kids," once we establish official "non-profit" status in Kenya. Please view the brief video at the following link to get an idea of some projects that AmeriKen Connections will be focusing on in the future to help the people and environment of Kenya:


Best wishes!

Alex Kotut (MTU exchange student from Kenya) and Bruce Szczechowski (MTU Class of 2007, Master's program, Applied Ecology)

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